In the run-up of the EFA Jubilee, political decision-makers express their recognition of EFA's Jubilee activities including the development of the Bergen Agenda. The Jubilee in Bergen (23-25 May) will see high-level policy representatives of EU, national and regional levels participating. Amongst others, EU Commissioner for Culture Androulla Vassiliou congratulates the European Festivals Association on its "remarkable efforts in putting festivals and culture in the spotlight across Europe" and adds that "the collaboration between EFA and the European Commission has never been more active".
In one month, the European Festivals Association celebrates its Jubilee in Bergen (23-25 May 2012) "EFA 60 Years On", hosted and co-organised by the Bergen International Festival. It will bring together EFA members, festivals worldwide, partner networks, friends and colleagues from the wider cultural and professional community. All news related to the Jubilee are spread through the 2012 FestFlash series. The first edition includes information on the overall programme with focus on high-level participation, the different sessions and the partners involved.
On 19-21 April, the African Festival Association, AFRIFESTNET, was officially launched in Accra, the capital of Ghana. 60 representatives of 37 music, dance, theatre, film, visual arts, street arts, literature and heritage festivals from 18 countries across the continent attended the 3-days gathering, supported by the British Council. By the end of the launch event, AFRIFESTNET had 155 registered members. EFA Secretary General Kathrin Deventer witnessed the constitution of the new association and its mission, membership, leadership and secretariat were presented.
The Diamond Jubilee is organised by a broad partnership of high-level international players from the cultural sector. From 23-26 May in Bergen, the Jubilee is co-organised by the European Festivals Association (EFA) and the Bergen International Festival. Entitled "EFA 60 Years On ", the Conference (23/24 May) will include three Jubilee sessions which will explore issues such as innovation in the arts, arts and business and citizens in digital times, each of them co-produced by one of EFA's key partners. A Sounding Board and a Strategy Group offer their expertise in the development of the anniversary activities.
The European Festivals Association celebrates its Diamond Jubilee in 2012. One of the highlights is the EFA Jubilee in Bergen, Norway (23-25 May 2012), hosted and co-organised by the Bergen International Festival. The Jubilee conference is organised under the motto "60 Years On". The high-level programme will be opened by Michael Haefliger, Director of the Lucerne Festival, as keynote speaker, and will include a series of thought provoking presentations and discussion rounds on the future role of festivals in the world.